by Ingrid Kadoke
Spring has arrived in Almonte and, as a welcome, the Corridor Gallery is delighted to present a new exhibition ‘SHADES OF INK’ – featuring the beautiful pen and ink drawings of nature by Brenda Beattie .
Born and raised in Banff National Park, Brenda’s love and deep respect for the natural world was nurtured from a young age. While in high school, Brenda took classes taught by Holly Middleton at the Banff School of Fine Arts (now the Banff Center of the Arts). After high school Brenda attended the Kootenay School of Art in Nelson, BC and studied with Ilda Lubane at the University of Alberta.
In 1991, Brenda and her family moved to Ottawa, where she met her mentor, Eleanor Milne (then Dominion of Canada Sculptor). A lifelong learner, she took classes at the Ottawa School of Art with artists such as Gord Mackenzie and Blair Paul.
Pen and ink drawing is one of the most visually varied artistic practices in history. Dating back to ancient Egypt, ink drawing has been used over the centuries for many different types of art, from calligraphy and tattooing to art sketches and formal designs.
Brenda’s drawings provide us with beautiful studies and vignettes that explore the details of the natural world and how, at times, our man-made world intercepts and alters its beauty. In her work, she captures stillness and movement, strength and fragility.
Please come and enjoy Brenda’s work, “SHADES OF INK” will be on view at the Mississippi Mills Public Library – Almonte Branch until July 8thand2022. All pieces are for sale and a portion of the proceeds will go to library programs.
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